Cloudy skies didn’t dim the sunny atmosphere at the second annual Kiddin’ a Round Miniature Golf Classic. The event attracted a crowd of 120 people and the Irving Healthcare Foundation raised $15,000 for Our Children’s House at Baylor-Irving (OCHI). OCHI integrates specialized childcare and therapy services to help pre-school age children with medical or developmental needs. Kiddin’ a Round allowed guests to tour OCHI and see where students learn, play and receive therapy. In the meantime, they also enjoyed nine holes of miniature golf, had their faces painted, toured a fire truck and took part in other fun activities. “Kiddin’ a Round is always a blast for our kids and their families. But what we really appreciate are all of the new people that visit and learn about the work we do,” said Linda Laws, manager of OCHI.

Raising awareness is particularly important because OCHI is the only childcare center of its kind in the DFW area. The center, which specializes in caring for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years with conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and spina bifida, has an onsite nurse and offers speech, occupational and physical therapy. Tuition, which is $1,600 a month, is also subsidized for every student. Without OCHI as a resource, many parents of kids with special needs would be overwhelmed by the time and cost requirements of caring for their child.

“Gifts made to OCHI not only improve the lives of its students—they make our community a better place,” says Joy Goodrum, Kiddin’ a Round event chair for 2012 and a member of OCHI’s development council. “We are so grateful for every dollar received through the Kiddin’ a Round tournament, and can’t wait to begin putting them to good use.”

Irving Healthcare Foundation’s mission is to make people healthier by awarding funds raised and by encouraging volunteer service to worthy nonprofit organizations that provide healthcare or medical services in Irving. More than $35 million has been raised and subsequently awarded since IHF’s inception. Baylor Irving, the city’s only nonprofit hospital, is IHF’s primary beneficiary. Other recipients include the Irving Interfaith Clinic, Baylor Our Children’s House at Irving, Irving Dental Center and the Childhood Obesity Task Force of Irving

To see photos from Kiddin’ a Round or to learn more about Our Children’s House at Baylor Irving, visit the Irving Healthcare Foundation’s website at www.healthyirving.org.



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